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End of the Century: The Ramones

by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia

End of the Century follows punk progenitors The Ramones through more than two decades of touring, recording, and bickering.

Independent Lens

Epiphany in Progress

by Michal Goldman

A look at the tumultuous first year of an experimental middle school of low-income, ethnically diverse students in inner-city Boston.

Estilo Hip Hop

by Virgilio Bravo and Loira Limbal

Estilo Hip Hop chronicles the lives of three hip-hop enthusiasts from Brazil, Chile, and Cuba who firmly believe that hip hop can change the world.

Global Voices

Every Child Is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas

by Jonathan Robinson

Every Child is Born a Poet is a multimedia chronicle of Nuyorican author Piri Thomas’s transformation from gang member and prison convict to acclaimed writer, activist, and educator.

Independent Lens, True Stories

Every Mother's Son

by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson

The story of three women from vastly different backgrounds who unite to protest the deaths of their sons, all of whom died suspiciously in the custody of the NYPD.

POV

The Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

by Dawn Logsdon

Nestled at the edge of New Orleans’ fabled French Quarter, Faubourg Tremé is one of America’s oldest African American neighborhoods: it is also the origin of the civil rights movement in the South, and the birthplace of jazz.

Flag Wars

by Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras

What happens when gay white people move into a black working-class neighborhood? This up-close look at gentrification leads viewers on a journey into a divided community.

POV

For Akheem

by Jeremy Levine, Landon Van Soest, and Nick Weissman

School of Last Resort follows three teenagers in St. Louis — one of the most dangerous cities in America — as they move from juvenile court to an experimental educational program that offers them one last chance to get their lives on track.

Frontierland / Frontierlandia

by Jesse Lerner a nd Rubén Ortiz Torres

A look at the convergence of Mexican and American cultures where least expected — in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and in the homes of European collectors of pre-Columbian art.

Garbage Dreams

by Mai Iskander

The world’s largest garbage village is just outside Cairo. The Zabaleen (Arabic for “garbage people”) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect, but now multinational corporations threaten their livelihood.

Independent Lens, Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection

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